How to Use This Tool
- Use this tool to learn about the ordering process for CIO-CS.
- Use this tool to learn who can place an order on CIO-CS.
Tips on Using This Tool
- Refer to this tool to answer any questions about the CIO-CS ordering process, authorized users or the contract access fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is e-GOS?
e-GOS is the electronic-Government Ordering System. It provides a mechanism to meet the GWAC fair opportunity requirements of FAR Part 16. You must use the system to compete and award orders under the CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business and CIO-CS contracts.
What are the benefits of using the e-GOS?
The e-GOS System provides streamlined ordering, enabling you to quickly upload specifications/requirements and supporting documentation and select awardees. You control the time frame, and responses can be received in as few as three (3) days. Additionally, the system features built-in FAR guidance and satisfies Fair Opportunity to be Considered (FAR 16.505). The e-GOS System can serve as a database of record, as all files are maintained indefinitely or if you prefer, all documents stored can be downloaded and printed for you official files. Step-by-step instructions are available under the e-GOS Training, which can be found on the tools/template page at http://nitaac.nih.gov/nitaac/tools-templates.
What else do I need to consider when placing my order?
Unless using an exception to fair opportunity as described in FAR 16.505(b)(2), ordering contracting officers must provide fair opportunity, FAR 16.505(b)(1) for orders exceeding $3000. The delivery order file should document the rationale for placement and price of each order, including the basis for award and the rationale for any tradeoffs among cost or price and non-cost considerations in making the award decision, or if using one of the exceptions to fair opportunity, document the rationale. The delivery order file need not quantify the tradeoffs that led to the decision. The negotiated procedures of FAR Part 15 DO NOT APPLY to delivery orders under the GWAC. This means that you do not have to establish a competitive range or conduct discussions with all contractors submitting proposals. FAR 16.505(b)(6) only require contracting officers to notify unsuccessful participants and offer such participants when the total price of a delivery order exceeds $5 million. (ii) The contract file shall also identify the basis for using an exception to the fair opportunity process (see paragraph (b)(2)). (FAR When placing an order, remember to consider Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance items such as Fair Opportunity and Best Value Evaluations. Also, you will need to keep the appropriate documentation for the official delivery order file.